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Hassan wins 1,500 metres to complete unique double

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Hassan wins 1,500 metres to complete unique double
Athletics - World Athletics Championships - Doha 2019 - Women's 1500 Metres Final - Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar - October 5, 2019 Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands crosses the finish line winning gold REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah   -   Copyright  AHMED JADALLAH(Reuters)
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DOHA (Reuters) – Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands completed a unique double when she dominated the race to win the 1,500 metres at the world athletics championship on Saturday, adding to the 10,000 metres title she won earlier in the competition.

In doing so, she became the first athlete, male or female, to win the two events at a single Olympic Games or world championships.

Hassan, who moved to the Netherlands after leaving Ethiopia as a refugee when she was 15, took over the lead at the end of the first lap and never looked back as she broke the championship record with a time of three minutes 51.95 seconds.

Titleholder Faith Kipyegon of Kenya finished second and Ethiopia’s Guday Tsegay took the bronze.

(Additional reporting by Gene Cherry; Writing by Brian Homewood, Editing by Ed Osmond)

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